Definition of handgun in English:

handgun

noun

  • A gun designed for use by one hand; a pistol.

    • ‘You cannot address crime prevention without getting rid of assault weapons and handguns.’
    • ‘From six long guns and a few handguns to dozens of long guns and dozens of handguns, you can find what you need.’
    • ‘A vicar has been charged with firearm offences after a handgun and bullets were found in his home by police.’
    • ‘Most gun injuries and deaths were caused by handguns, not shotguns and rifles, the seminar heard.’
    • ‘A safe in the building was recently opened revealing sub-machine guns, handguns and listening devices.’
    • ‘The reporter had a choice of fake handguns, pistols and revolvers on display in a glass case among books and small toys.’
    • ‘The vast majority of my field and hunting handguns are single action revolvers.’
    • ‘They went over to a spot on one wall where handguns and revolvers were set up.’
    • ‘They are available for most popular models of service handguns, revolvers and autos.’
    • ‘It can serve as a shotgun, an accurate big bore rifle, a handgun, and even as a flare gun.’
    • ‘The photos in the different tactical articles show handguns and rifles in use.’
    • ‘The plot was uncovered as the three set out on their mission armed with rifles, handguns, swords and knifes.’
    • ‘About halfway through the game guns show up - handguns, shotguns, and a few rifles.’
    • ‘Shotguns and handguns may also have straps, but our present interest is the hunting rifle.’
    • ‘It is stated that Australia banned ownership of most handguns and semiauto rifles.’
    • ‘Mostly light weapons such as assault rifles and handguns were destroyed.’
    • ‘Prohibited weapons handed in included seven handguns and two shotguns.’
    • ‘Five years after the sweeping 1998 ban on handguns, handgun crime had doubled.’
    • ‘The gang was carrying a handgun, shotgun and an assortment of iron bars.’
    • ‘So far, he had only ever used hunting guns such as shot guns or rifles, and handguns like the one his father kept with his new uniform.’
    pistol, revolver, gun, side arm, automatic pistol, six-shooter, thirty-eight, derringer, browning automatic
    piece, shooting iron, saturday night special, rod, roscoe
    colt, webley, luger
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Pronunciation

handgun

/ˈhan(d)ɡʌn/